General Election FAQ
Below is a brief summary of some useful nonpartisan information and resources to prepare you for the current election season!
I am a voter in Suffolk County. What are my options for voting in the 2023 General Election?
- On Election Day, November 7, 2023, at your designated polling place. Registered voters can find their polling location and hours using the New York State Poll Site Search tool: https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov
- During the Early Voting period for the 2023 General Election (October 28th – November 5th). For a list of Early Voting locations and hours, visit the Suffolk County Board of Elections website: https://suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/BOE
- By Absentee Ballot, which can be requested online, by mail, in person, or by fax. There are important and varied deadlines to be aware of for registered voters who are considering requesting an absentee ballot/voting absentee. For details, visit the “Absentee Voting FAQ” section of the Suffolk County Board of Elections website: https://suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/BOE/Absentee-Voting-FAQ
Note: Effective January, 2022, New York State voters are no longer permitted to cast a ballot on a voting machine if they have already been issued an absentee ballot for that election. Voters who have already been issued an absentee ballot can still vote in person using an affidavit ballot. [source]
I’m not sure I’m registered to vote. Is there an easy way to check?
Yes! You can check your voting status in Suffolk County using the same New York State Poll Site Search Tool cited above: https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov.
If your name does not appear after searching, and you believe that you are registered to vote, contact your local Board of Elections (BOE). Contact information for the Suffolk County BOE is as follows:
Suffolk County Board of Elections
PO Box 700
700 Yaphank Avenue
Yaphank, NY 11980
If I am not yet registered to vote, can I register to vote AND cast my ballot on the same day in New York State?
At present, New York State does not have same-day voter registration. Your registration must be completed in advance of the election you wish to vote in by the specified registration deadline; see the Suffolk County Board of Elections website for upcoming voter registration deadlines: https://suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/BOE
How do I register to vote in New York State?
For information about the qualifications needed to register to vote in New York State, visit the New York State Board of Elections website: https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html.
The same page of the New York State Board of Elections website lists the several options of how and where to register to vote in New York State, a link to upcoming registration deadlines, and information on how to make changes to your registration should the need arise: https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html.
I would like more information in advance about what’s on the ballot. Where can I find it?
The League of Women Voters’ Education Fund VOTE 411 website includes a ballot and candidate information lookup tool by address, available here: https://www.vote411.org/ballot.
I would like to speak with someone about an issue I encountered while voting. Who can I call?
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
I would like more information about voting in Suffolk County, in New York State, and about voting in general! Where can I go?
- Suffolk County Libraries Live-brary Libguide on Voting and Elections: https://suffolktopicguides.org/c.php?g=777748&p=5579096
- Website of the League of Women Voters of Suffolk County: https://my.lwv.org/new-york/suffolk-county/about
- Website of the New York State Board of Elections: https://www.elections.ny.gov
- USA.Gov Voting and Elections website: https://www.usa.gov/voting
- Ballotpedia website: https://ballotpedia.org/Ballotpedia:About
- John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of New York: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-signs-landmark-john-r-lewis-voting-rights-act-new-york-law
- Military and Overseas (Federal) Voting: https://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingMilitaryFed.html
- New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs – Voting: https://www.justicecenter.ny.gov/voting
- New York State Senate – Voting Rights Updates: https://www.nysenate.gov/issues/voting-rights
- Factcheck.org website: https://www.factcheck.org/about/our-mission/